Jacob Frey

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Jacob Frey
Jacob Frey at Nicollet Mall reopening 2017-11-16 - 1.jpg
48th Mayor of Minneapolis
Assumed office
January 2, 2018
Preceded by Betsy Hodges
Member of the Minneapolis City Council from the 3rd Ward
In office
January 2, 2014 – January 2, 2018
Preceded by Diane Hofstede
Succeeded by Steve Fletcher
Personal details
Born (1981-07-23) July 23, 1981 (age 37)
Oakton, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Spouse(s) Sarah Clarke
Residence Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Alma mater

Jacob Frey (/fr/ FRY[1]; born July 23, 1981) is the mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota. A member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, he was elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 2013, representing the Third Ward.[2]

Frey ran for mayor in 2017 and won.[3][4] He was sworn into office on January 2, 2018.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Frey grew up in Oakton, Virginia, a Washington, D.C. suburb, and received a track scholarship to attend the College of William & Mary, from which he graduated in 2004. His family is of Russian-Jewish descent.[6] After graduating with a degree in government, Frey received a contract from a shoe company to run professionally and competed for Team USA in the Pan American Games marathon, finishing in 4th place.[7] During that time, he earned a law degree from Villanova University, graduating cum laude in 2009.[8]


Early career[edit]

Frey moved to Minneapolis in 2009 to join law firm Faegre & Benson (now Faegre Baker Daniels) before moving to law firm Halunen & Associates.[8][9]

In 2012, before running for elected office, Frey founded and organized the first Big Gay Race, a 5K charity race to raise money for Minnesotans United for All Families, a political group organizing for marriage equality.[10]

Minneapolis City Council[edit]

Frey ran in the 2013 Minneapolis City Council election to represent Ward 3. Frey received official DFL endorsement, as well as endorsements from over 40 elected officials and organizations.[11] His platform promised to provide better constituent services,[11] spur residential development,[11] increase the number and variety of small and local businesses, push for full funding of affordable housing and address climate change. He defeated incumbent Diane Hofstede with over 60% of the vote and took office on January 2, 2014.

Minneapolis City Council Ward 3 election, 2013[12]
Political party/principle Candidate % 1st Choice Round 1
DFL Jacob Frey 61.31 3,722
DFL Diane Hofstede 26.59 1,614
Libertarian Michael Katch 5.98 363
Green Party of Minnesota Kristina Gronquist 5.88 357
N/A Write-ins 0.25 15
Maximum possible threshold 3,104
Valid votes 6,071
Undervotes 132
Overvotes 3
Turnout 30.99% 6,206
Registered voters[13] 20,027

Mayor of Minneapolis[edit]

Frey announced his candidacy for mayor of Minneapolis on January 3, 2017,[14] and won the November 7 election.[4][15] He was sworn into office on January 2, 2018.[5]

Frey is Minneapolis's second Jewish mayor, and its second-youngest after Al Hofstede, who was 34 when he was elected mayor in 1973.[16]

As mayor, Frey is pushing for a plan that would allow the building of four-plexes in every part of the city. Two-thirds of Minneapolis is zoned exclusively for single-family homes.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Frey met his wife, Sarah Clarke, through community organizing in Minneapolis. The couple married in July 2016. Clarke is a lobbyist for Hylden Advocacy & Law, where she represents several business, non-profit, and community organizations at the Minnesota legislature and executive branch agencies.[18] The couple lives on East Hennepin Ave in Northeast Minneapolis.


  1. ^ Jacob Frey for Our City (2013-02-05). Where in the Ward is Jacob Frey?. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  2. ^ Helal, Liala (November 7, 2013) "Minneapolis demographics change; younger candidates shape new City Council", MPR News.
  3. ^ "2017 Mayor Election Results Tabulation - Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services". vote.minneapolismn.gov.
  4. ^ a b Belz, Adam (November 9, 2017). "Jacob Frey wins mayor election in Minneapolis". Star Tribune.
  5. ^ a b Belz, Adam (January 2, 2018). "New Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says he has 'hit the ground running very hard'". Star Tribune.
  6. ^ Tevlin, Jon (June 2, 2015). "No martinis here: An alligator lunch with Minneapolis Council Member Jacob Frey". Star Tribune.
  7. ^ "Jacob Frey Finishes Fourth in the 2007 Pan-Am Marathon". College of William & Mary Athletics. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  8. ^ a b McKenzie, Sarah (March 18, 2013). "Third Ward candidate profile: Jacob Frey". The Journal.
  9. ^ Black, Sam (November 28, 2014). "Q&A: Jacob Frey, Minneapolis City Council". Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  10. ^ Godar, Bryna. "'Always running,' Frey sets sights on council". Minnesota Daily. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  11. ^ a b c Gusso, Alexi (November 6, 2013). "Frey unseats Hofstede as Minneapolis Ward 3 council member". Twin Cities Daily Planet. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "2013 Minneapolis Election Results: City Council Ward 3". City of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  13. ^ "Municipal Canvass Report". City of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  14. ^ Belz, Adam (January 3, 2017). "Council Member Jacob Frey announces bid for mayor of Minneapolis". Star Tribune. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  15. ^ "2017 Mayor Election Results Tabulation - Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services". vote.minneapolismn.gov.
  16. ^ Belz, Adam (9 November 2017). "Jacob Frey wins mayor election in Minneapolis". Star Tribune. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  17. ^ Murphy, Esme (2018-05-22). "Mpls. 2040 Plan Proposes 4-Plexes In Every Part Of City". CBS Minnesota. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  18. ^ "Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board - Lobbyist data for Clarke, Sarah". February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017.

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